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James Turrell

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Los Angeles

Birth year

Lives in
Flagstaff, Arizona

Works in
Flagstaff, Arizona

Current Exhibitions and Events
May, 2015 From the Guggenheim, Aten Reign
Häusler Contemporary Zürich
May, 2015 Chewing Gum
Pace Hong Kong
May, 2015 Eureka
Pace Gallery 508 W. 25th

James Turrell is an artist primarily concerned with light and space. He is best known for his work in progress, Roden Crater. Located outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Turrell is turning this natural cinder volcanic crater into a massive naked-eye observatory, designed specifically for the viewing of celestial phenomena. His other works usually enclose the viewer in order to control their perception of light; a James Turrell skyspace is an enclosed room large enough for roughly 15 people. Inside, the viewers sit on benches along the edge to view the sky through an opening in the roof. He is also known for his light tunnels and light projections that create shapes that seem to have mass and weight, though they are created with only light.

In April 2009, The James Turrell Museum opened at the Bodega Colomé in the Province of Salta, in Argentina. It was designed by Turrell after Donald Hess the owner of the Bodega and owner of a few of Turell's works told him he wanted to dedicate a museum to his work. It contains 9 lights installation, including a skyspace (Unseen Blue), and some drawings and prints.

Recent Exhibits

James Turrell participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Clear
Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
Jul, 2014 The Space Where I Am
Blain|Southern - London Hanover Square
May, 2014 Everything Loose Will Land: 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles
Graham Foundation
Apr, 2014 Re: Collection
Museum of Arts and Design
Mar, 2014 Traces of Modernism
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Mar, 2014 Conceptual Space - Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Markus Michalke
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